Friday, May 22, 2015

Fine historical fiction

This week at Crooked Cat Books (my esteemed publisher)  is featuring three historical novels, all highlighting fascinating eras. Immersed with great stories and impeccable research, these are a must-read for lovers of historical fiction. There is romantic adventure, The Beltane Choice, by Nancy Jardine; Maggie Secara's fantastic The Dragon Ring; and the gripping An Accidental King by Mark Patton. 
Delve straight into the past!.

Available in paperback and ebook formats at all popular online booksellers around the world. 

Look for more from me this weekend!

The Beltane Choice by Nancy Jardine

AD 71. 

Banished from the nemeton, becoming a priestess is no longer the future for Nara, a princess of the Selgovae tribe. Now charged with choosing a suitable mate before Beltane, her plan is thwarted by Lorcan, an enemy Brigante prince, who captures her and takes her to his hill fort. Despite their tribes fighting each other, Nara feels drawn to her captor, but time runs out for her
secret quest.

As armies of the Roman Empire march relentlessly northwards, Lorcan intends to use Nara as a marriage bargain, knowing all Celtic tribes must unite to be strong enough to repel imminent Roman attack. Nara’s father, Callan, agrees to a marriage alliance between Selgovae and Brigante, but has impossible stipulations. Lorcan is torn between loyalty to his tribe and growing love for Nara. 

When danger and death arrive in the form of the mighty Roman forces, will Nara be able to choose her Beltane lover? 

An Accidental King by Mark Patton

79 AD. 

As he approaches the end of his life, Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus, the native-born but loyally pro-Roman client king of Britain, looks back on the thirty-six years of his reign. 

He recalls how, as a young man, he was seduced by the grandeur of Rome and the beauty of the written word; how he was befriended by the Emperor Claudius, and by the Roman General, Vespasian, later to rule as Emperor himself. He remembers the difficulties he encountered whilst trying to mediate between the British aristocracy and Roman officials who were often cruel and frequently corrupt. 

Most significantly he reflects on the Boudiccan revolt of 60/61 AD, which he tried to prevent, and in the course of which Britain was almost lost to Rome.
Roman Britain. One man. His fate.


The Dragon Ring, by Maggie Secara (that would be me)

9th century. And 16th, 18th, and 21st centuries

Reality TV host Ben Harper has a problem: he owes the king of Faerie a favor. So now he has to
track down the three parts of a Viking arm-ring, and return them to their place in time. This takes him through the wolf-haunted forests of Viking Age Wessex, the rowdy back streets of Shakespeare’s London, and a derelict Georgian country house. Partnered with caustic, shape-changing Raven and guided by a slightly wacky goblin diary, Ben must rediscover his own gifts while facing his doubts and the queen of Faerie’s minions, who will do anything to stop him. 

The Dragon Ring, the first in the Harper Errant series, is a time travelling epic adventure of magic and music which takes you to Old England, and leaves you enchanted.

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